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‘The most segregated hour of Christian America is 11 o’clock on Sunday morning.’ Sixty years later, that statement by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is still true for many churches. But Bryan Loritts, pastor for preaching and mission at Trinity Grace Church in New York City, is part of a growing movement to guide American churches through the process of becoming multiethnic communities, and he’s hopeful about the progress he’s seen.
Lal Senanayake, president of Lanka Bible College in Kandy, Sri Lanka, grew up in a small Sri Lankan Buddhist village with 11 brothers and sisters. He laughs when he thinks back to his childhood impressions of Jesus. ‘The only thing I knew about Christianity was that Jesus died because he was stealing sheep. My friends and I had seen pictures of the crucifixion of Christ, and we also saw pictures of him with a lamb in his hand. So we connected the two.’
For years, my life seemed far too ordinary for God to be involved in it. It was difficult to feel his presence in the common rhythms of work, church, eat, sleep. I knew the truth of his omnipresence, but he still felt distant. In the perceived absence of his voice, I began to seek people’s approval rather than God’s. I became the whitewashed tomb that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 23:27: outwardly doing good but not obeying the Lord in my heart, mind, and soul.
My wife and I were devastated when we learned that our second and final attempt at in vitro fertilization had failed. While we knew the procedure offered no guarantees, we had hoped and prayed that God would use this long, emotional, and expensive process to bless us with a family. Instead, it seemed that all of our trusting, praying, and waiting was for nothing. When you expect to receive good things from God but get bad news instead, it’s difficult to know how to react. What’s an appropriate response to personal tragedy?